Does Equality Mean Business? Gender Equity at the Crossroads of Feminism and Finance


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Participants : 
  • Özlem Altan, Koç University, Turkey     
  • Drucilla Barker,  University of South Carolina    
  • Emily Bent, Pace University
  • Suzanne Bergeron, University of Michigan-Dearborn  
  • Rebecca Dingo, University of Massachusetts-Amherst    
  • Lamia Karim, University of Oregon              
  • Melissa Fisher, New York University                 
  • Kathryn Moeller, University of Wisconsin      
  • Ruby Tapia, University of Michigan    


Event Date: 
March 11, 2016
Event Time: 
9:00am to 3:30pm
2239 Lane Hall
Event Accessibility : 
Ramp and elevator access at the E. Washington Street entrance (by the loading dock). There are accessible restrooms on the south end of Lane Hall, on each floor of the building. A gender neutral restroom is available on the first floor.
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The “business case” for investing in women and girls because it is good for the bottom line has by now permeated the development agenda. While this has brought increased attention to gender issues in the global South, it has also coopted a number of feminist goals. This daylong symposium will draw upon political economy, history of science, feminist rhetoric, politics of global governance, anthropology and other perspectives. 


9:00 a.m.  Coffee and breakfast

9:15 a.m.  Opening Remarks by Suzanne Bergeron, University of Michigan-Dearborn: Engendering Development Beyond "Smart Economics"

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Panel 1: Beyond the Financialization of Gender

  • Lamia Karim, University of Oregon: In Quest for Equality: Female Wage Labor and Entrepreneurship                   
  • Melissa Fisher, New York University: Beyond White Corporate Feminism                   
  • Özlem Altan, Koç University, Turkey: Provincializing the Business Case: Contradictions from the Field    
  • Moderator: Drucilla Barker, University of South Carolina      

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Panel 2: Beyond Neoliberal Girl Power

  • Rebecca Dingo, University of Massachusetts, Amherst: The Value of Girls    
  • Kathryn Moeller, University of Wisconsin: Corporate Financing for Feminist Futures?            
  • Emily Bent, Pace University: Relational Girlhoods, Oppositional Divides: Girls' Activism at the United Nations             
  • Moderator: Ruby Tapia, University of Michigan

Cosponsored by: Department of Anthropology, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and the Department of English